The Psychology of Colour

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The Psychology of Colour

Every time you walk into a room, colour impacts how you feel.

You want to love the colours that surround you. So when imagining (or reimagining) a room, remember the influence colour will have on the mood of the space. The effect may be subtle or dramatic. It can encourage tranquility or boost energy, even make you feel optimistic or more introspective.
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The Basics

To begin to understand colour's emotional impact, start with these colour groups:

Pales - Their light, airy qualities make pale hues feel uplifting.

Neutrals - It's no surprise that earthy, nuanced colours keep you grounded.

Whites - Pure and pristine, these timeless colours offer a blank canvas to express your style.

Deeps - Bring drama to a room with colours that are rich and mysterious.

In this video, you will see the transformative power six different paint colours have on a single master bedroom.

Bedroom Colour and Moods

The intersection of colour, mood and emotion is of great interest to homeowners–particularly when it comes to the bedroom.

Colour choice is personal and highly subjective: use this video to help shape your colour journey as you design your own unique sleeping space. Highlights from the paint colours featured in the video include...

  • Light green and blue create a feeling of relaxation
  • Pink lifts spirits
  • Dark navy gives off a dramatic air
  • Classic white conjures clarity
  • Warm gray is equally soothing and sophisticated
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Tints of Colour

Pale colours like dusty lavender, ballet pink and sky blue are comfortable and easy to live with. They feel positive and encourage expression, while enhancing other colours.
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Shifting to Neutral

Neutrals go beyond grey and brown into earthy hues like slate, clay, sand and ochre. Colours in this family can be warm or cool, but are always reliable and levelheaded. And because they transition beautifully with shifting light, they’re a good choice for rooms used throughout the day.
Crisp, light green bedroom retreat

Versatile White

Whites can easily feel contemporary, classic or anywhere in between. It’s an honest, harmonious family of colours and a great place to start, as they complement any style. You might call it a perfect backdrop for the life happening around it.
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Be Dramatic

Violet, onyx, sapphire and ruby—even the names evoke something dramatic. Deep colours dissolve boundaries and create depth. They are the opposite of understatement and can fill a room with energy, creativity and confidence.